It is important for an artist to constantly be growing and changing, much like we do in life. Sometimes the growth is an easy transition, and sometimes it comes with some stretching and a bit of muscle pain.
I have been experiencing a "growth spurt" for well over a year now, and this one has involved much stretching, experimenting with life's ups and downs in the midst! WHEW!
In the past couple of years we have had quite a few emergencies in our family that included just about every aspect of life...job, health, family crisis, fires, well, you name it...that has been life! WOW! I venture to say so many of you can give the same list for your lives! IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS I could feel a natural growth in my art coming on. The timing was not optimal, but what is an artist supposed to do! HA...well, this artist, sort of slowed down, sped up, played with many different things...all in the name of growth. Let me show you a bit.
First is the change that has been coming for years...moving from detail to a bit less detail...trying to find a balance with all the things I love. I still love working with paper and paint...as you can see in a previous work called "Mountain Meadow through Aspen Eyes". I love the subject matter, but am craving a bit less detail, so this painting will soon be sanded down as a support for another new work. It's OK...it is all a part of the growing process. There is nothing wrong with this piece, except I need to move on and grow!
Even though I still use paper in my work, I am seeing a shift; a growth spurt; towards less detail, and more left out. Look at my "Spring Grove" above, and compare it to this one below. Still my beloved trees, but softer lines and well, less detail...YESSSSS...this feels good to me!